Judge dismisses gun show operator’s lawsuit against Nashville fairgrounds

A Nashville judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought by a gun show operator who has held events at Nashville Fairgrounds and fears they will be stopped under a new policy, according to The Tennessean.

Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy, in a ruling from the bench, granted Metro’s motion to dismiss the case and denied the motion of plaintiff David Goodman of Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Shows for injunctive relief.

…McCoy said that Goodman does not face immediate and irreparable harm to warrant an injunction and also lacked standing to bring the lawsuit because she said his rights had not been violated. Goodman, whose company has rented space at the fairgrounds for gun shows for more than 30 years, filed the lawsuit against Metro in April with a co-plaintiff, the Tennessee Firearms Association.

The ruling, which came after more than two hours of oral arguments, marked the first time a judge has weighed in on the Metro fair board’s controversial vote in December to halt future gun shows beginning next year unless new rules are in place for the events. McCoy found that the board was within its authority.

“I cannot find that there is a right to contract with Metro,” McCoy said. “You can try to contract with Metro. You can be the best business person in the world, but there is no right that the courts can enforce to require Metro to contract with that person or that entity.

“It may be that they decide to lease to Mr. Goodman. They may decide to lease to Mr. Goodman’s competitor. They may decide to lease to an entity that is not fully unknown at this point in time. But it’s not for the court to interfere with dictating to the fairgrounds and its board how those premises should be used through injunctive relief.”

Goodman’s attorney, Timothy Rudd, would not say whether he plans to appeal the decision.